Introduction to 'Lost Lady of Sikinos, Neiko'
by Mark Wilman

My photographic work 'Lost Lady of Sikinos, Neiko' anticipated by two years an archeological discovery of notable importance, in fact, one of the most significant finds in Greece in recent history.

In 2016, I photographed Roxana in classical dress at the church of Episkopi built 1.800 years ago on the ruins of a temple of Apollo in a remote part of the island from where Santorini, Ios, Paros, Milos and Folegandros can be seen.

The building does resemble a temple and because of its height is considered unique in the Greek world.

In July 2018, during restoration work on the monumental structure, the tomb of a noble woman called Νεικω was found.

Undisturbed in a hidden part of the church, Neiko lay with golden bracelets, rings, a necklace and a brooch, together with green vases, metal objects and organic remains of her clothing. The quality of the jewels indicate that she was an important figure in the island’s society. Until that moment, Episkopi was understood to have been built as a mausoleum for a Roman general of the 3rd century A.D.

Because the 'Lost Lady of Sikinos, Neiko' photos precede the discovery, as data on the original RAW files confirm, I conclude that this is the most significant set of images in my project Discovering The Beauty Of The Cyclades. The gallery is part of the 'Beauty of the Female Kind' section.

The director of the Ephorate of Antiquities of the Cyclades found the photos very interesting.

See the article in ELLE Greece which discusses my work, includes 'Lost Lady of Sikinos, Neiko' photos and emphasises the exhibition in Milan.

Episkopi in 2018

These photos I took at Episkopi in September 2018 show the external supporting structures in place since the year before.

Episkopi in September 2019 - my most recent visit. The work on the church will continue for at least two more years.